Murdered spy Alexander Litvinenko gave MI6 secret briefings about key ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin
Date published: 02nd December 2013
MI6 allegedly asked the late spy to provide “expert analysis” on a four-page confidential Foreign Office report that detailed a visit to London in 2000 by Sergei Ivanov – who is now the second most powerful figure in the Kremlin.
The diplomatic telegraph – known as a “DipTel” and circulated to British embassies around the world – outlined private talks between Mr Ivanov – at the time Russia’s top security adviser – and UK intelligence officials in Downing Street, the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Defence.
Mr Litvinenko’s relationship with British intelligence has been cited as a possible motive for his murder, and the documents provide fresh evidence of potentially close links between MI6 and the former KGB agent and arch-critic of President Putin. Mr Litvinenko fled Russia for Britain in November 2000 and died in 2006.
At the time of Mr Ivanov’s trip, between 30 October and 1 November 2000, London and Moscow were as close as they had been for decades. The visit was described as the “first meeting between such senior security officials from Britain and Russia”.To continue reading click here